Human Rights, World AIDS Day, And Male Circumcision

“In 1932, Abraham Wolbarst, a New York urologist, demonstrated that invasive penile cancer almost never occurred in circumcised men and that the risk factor related to the timing of the circumcision.” – Review Of Religions

Over 200 African boys line up to be circumcised on World AIDS Day 

Dec 1 2019

Daily Nation, Kenya – In a bid to curb the spread of HIV/Aids in Samburu County, at least 200 boys have been circumcised under a free male voluntary circumcision programme in Rangau village.

This was part of the activities to mark the 31st anniversary of the World’s Aids Day.

The beneficiaries, most of them from poor backgrounds, will be taken care of at Rangau Primary School for the next two weeks.

The programme has saved poor parents from paying hospital bills for circumcision.

SPREAD OF HIV/AIDS

“This programme has helped poor parents who could not afford circumcision fees in health facilities,” said Mr Bryan Lempoko, a beneficiary.

The programme is sponsored by Shades of Hope, a local Non-Governmental Organisation operating in Samburu County.

The director and founder of the organisation, who is also Maralal Ward MCA Fred Kiragu, said poor boys who sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education this year were selected from all communities living in the region.

The cosmopolitan county is inhibited by Kikuyu, Samburu, Turkana, and Luo communities who benefited from the programme that has been in existence for the past 13 years.

“Circumcising boys is one way of reducing the spread of HIV/Aids, some of the beneficiaries are orphans and so far 11,000 boys have benefited from this programme since inception,” said Mr Kiragu … Read more. 

Infant Male Circumcision: A Medical Perspective

July 24, 2018

Review Of Religions – Circumcision of males is a well-recognized religious practice, with an estimated 38% of men in the world having been circumcised.

But the topic of male circumcision has been vigorously debated in many scientific and mass media outlets in recent decades.

Legal and ethical considerations have further highlighted the various and complex factors that fuel the debate and parental disagreements have taken the issue to be debated in courts of law.

Proponents of infant male circumcision present arguments based on the health benefits and on the fact of parental rights.

In contrast, opponents of infant male circumcision argue for free will, choice and the sanctity of the human body. It has been argued that the decision for circumcision should be postponed to adulthood, allowing the person to make an informed decision about his own body.

The argument is based on the idea that the circumcision of a child of non-consenting age may be a violation of his human rights.

Indeed, the practice of infant circumcision has even been deemed by some to be a form of mutilation of males that is unjustifiable according to modern ethical standards …

A Brief History of Male Circumcision

Circumcision of males is one of the oldest and most common of surgical procedures. There is no consensus amongst anthropologists regarding the origin of circumcision.

A study of archeological and artistic evidence of pre-historic times, such as drawings, engravings, and sculptures demonstrates evidence of circumcision.

Thus circumcision can be traced back to before Ancient Egyptian civilization, as there is evidence of it being practiced in Europe during the Paleolithic era.

The earliest Egyptian mummies (1300 BCE) were circumcised and wall paintings in Egypt suggest that circumcision was customary even several thousand years before then … Read more.